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Something big

It’s very easy to get answers. You just have to ask the wrong questions. But if you persist in asking important questions – they’re the ones without an answer – … Continue reading

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Saturday, 10 December, 2016 · 1 Comment

The search for eternity

Holy Innocents Chapter 2 of the Gospel of St Matthew records what might be an old tale concerning Zarathustra. In the Persian empire Zarathustra had been a reforming religious figure, … Continue reading

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Sunday, 4 December, 2016 · 2 Comments

The magus and his spell

John Fowles (1926-2005) was an English novelist fortunate enough to sell the screen rights of his first three novels: The Collector (book 1963, film 1965); The Magus (book 1966 and … Continue reading

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Thursday, 24 November, 2016 · 3 Comments

Looking Back

It’s not that easy to do, looking backwards. If you’re going forward at the time, you trip and fall flat on your face. If you are stationary you go around … Continue reading

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Friday, 18 November, 2016 · Leave a comment

Henry Lawson: Past Carin’

Henry Lawson (1867-1922),  poet, story writer and journalist, is associated in most people’s minds with the Australian outback, the bush, the Never-Never. He wrote about swaggies, drovers, shearers, and small … Continue reading

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Thursday, 10 November, 2016 · Leave a comment

Fated attraction

We remember Oedipous thanks to Sigmund Freud (1856-1939), a psychoanalyst with a fixation on Greek myth who has disturbed us all, and made me self conscious just now of the … Continue reading

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Tuesday, 20 September, 2016 · 5 Comments

Thirty pieces of silver

One of the characters in the Gospels who fascinates me is Judas Iscariot. He’s got such an all or nothing at all role. Either his role was predetermined by god … Continue reading

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Friday, 16 September, 2016 · Leave a comment